A spokesman for a pro-family organization says the U.S. needs to communicate with the people of central and eastern Europe that America is "with them" on issues of life and liberty.
Travis Weber, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, just returned from a trip to Slovakia and other nations where he met with pastors about the religious freedom issues Americans are facing today in the United States.
"Some of the same cultural threats that we've dealt with regarding religious freedom, LGBT issues, [and] same-sex marriage – those issues are not there yet, but they could be coming there," Weber told the Washington Watch radio program Tuesday. "These pastors want to be engaged and understand the issues so they can be informed."
Weber noted that the U.S. was admired by countries in the region after the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union went away.
"More recently – and we saw this under the Obama administration – the United States took progressive liberal positions on sexuality that were at odds with the makeup of those countries – Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and others – and [used] our ambassadors to push these values on these countries," he continued.
According to Weber, that led to some distrust and questions in those countries as to whether the United States was on their side – while at the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin was "wooing" them as a protector of family values.
"This a major problem," Weber warned. "The United States needs to communicate with these people that we are with them on supporting the family and supporting religious freedom."